David Langevin on Relationships
I made the decision early in my career to only do business with people that I like, people that I would happily consider as friends, instead of just making contracts with any gallery or agent that wanted to sell my art, which is very tempting when you are a new, unknown artist, and haven't sold a lot of art. I first wanted to make sure that I trusted, and respected them, and that they felt the same about me, and really wanted to invest in me, and my career. I figure, why should it be any different than my personal life? I don't want to be in relationships with people that are not there to help me be the best version of myself, in business, and in my personal life.
I think that was a bold decision at the time considering that I was just starting out and had no real market momentum to back it up. But that, as they say, has made all the difference.
I have met so many wonderful friends and acquaintances over the years in this business, with galleries, other artists, clients and collectors, by helping out with fundraisers and charities, as well as the many delightful aspiring and emerging artists that I have worked with in my teaching, mentoring, and workshops. It really is a happy business. People buying art and creating art are usually in a good place in their lives, and that is a joy to be part of.
For many artists in modern times, especially since the decline of the Master/Apprentice studio system, we spend most of our time by ourselves in our studios. This can be a lonely endeavor for some so it's good to find ways to use our work to get out and connect with the world.
A fulfilling life for most of us is about connection, bonding with good people. No matter your job, occupation or hobby, it is most often the relationships that we form thru our endeavors and getting ourselves out in the world that makes it more worthwhile in the end.
It is with heartbreaking sadness that Nana, Ken’s beloved wife announced the passing of Ken Kirkby. A Viking to the end, he died on his own terms, at home, surrounded by love. As Ken would say "All the best".
To read his fascinating obituary and story of his great life please visit our artist page.